‘Joker’ Bautheac loving life in Brisbane


Brisbane Roar has always been renowned for its terrific club culture & Frenchman Eric Bautheac says the feeling within the playing group is as positive as its been in his time in Australia.

The French winger, who has played the majority of his career in the top leagues in his home land, has just begun his second season in Brisbane after arriving mid-October last year.

He made his Club debut only a matter of weeks after meeting his new teammates, but will now attack his second Hyundai A-League season with a full, and impressive, pre-season under his belt.

“Last season I arrived late, but this year I feel much better. We’ve had a good pre-season and I’m very excited for the season to have started,” Bautheac said.

“We have new players – very good players. We have a good team this season but it’s important to start well.”


The 31-year-old provided glimpses of his attacking brilliance throughout last campaign and looks set to impress his supporters again this season after an attacking masterclass on the left wing in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the Central Coast.

He was regularly the start of forward thrusts for the Roar, earning his place in the Round 1 Team of the Week.

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Despite lining up alongside three new off-season recruits in attack, Brisbane’s front four appeared on the same page from the opening whistle.

“You can see in training the relationship between [striker] Adam Taggart & I, as well as Tobias [Mikkelsen], is getting better. I hope we can take that into games,” he said.

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The winger’s not only known for entertaining fans on field, but also providing a laugh for his teammates.

As important as cohesion on field is, Bautheac says enjoying each other’s company off the field is just as important in building a successful squad.

“I love the lifestyle here & I love my teammates – we have a good team, with a good mentality. We need to laugh and enjoy our time together and that will help us when we’re playing together too,” Bautheac continued.

“Last season when I came here, I spoke very little English and didn’t understand much. Now, I can speak at about 60% and I can speak with my teammates so it’s definitely better.”

We’re back in action this Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in a Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double header! Our Roar Women open their campaign against Perth Glory (1:30pm) before our Hyundai A-League side take on the Phoenix. Get your tickets HERE!

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